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DC to Host the Largest Black Business Conference

Posted by Admin On May - 3 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Power Networking Conference, the largest continuous held event for black executives, professionals and entrepreneurs, to be held July 5-7

The 17th annual event will launch wings financial education centers and provide expert training and coaching, designed to tackle financial illiteracy, grow businesses and teach the 4 pillars for the inter-generational transfer of wealth in Black America.

 

George Fraser, President & CEO of FraserNET, Inc.

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — FraserNet, Inc., has announced that its 2018 PowerNetworking Conference (PNC) will be held July 5-7, at the Gaylord Hotel and Conference Center, on the National Harbor in Prince George’s County, Maryland. This year’s conference top global experts will focus their training on financial literacy, business development and wealth building through personal “subject matter” excellence, effective networking and collaboration.

“Financial illiteracy is an American problem according to the Wall Street Journal, but it is 10x greater in Black America. All the studies, surveys and statistics predict if nothing changes within our community we will be financially destitute and enslaved by 2053. A November 2017 front-page headline in the Boston Globe said, “Black Bostonians median net worth really was $8.” Thus, we must effectively and aggressively address financial illiteracy and building million-dollar businesses in Black America. At PNC, we will do both and launch our national “faith-based” WINGS Financial Education Centers and Curriculum with the goal of 10,000+ centers up and running by 2028. Our curriculum will focus on a mindset shift of “instant gratification to delayed gratification” and the 4 pillars for the inter-generational transfer of wealth to include; proper management of accumulated wealth, real estate, business development and proper insurance,” said Dr. Fraser

The PowerNetworking Conference, widely recognized as America’s largest continuous held conference in the world for Black executives, business professionals and entrepreneurs. This year, the PNC is expected to draw more than 1,200+ attendees from around the world. In 2015, the PNC was named one of the “Top 5 Can’t Miss” Conferences in America by Forbes Magazine. Since its inception, the PNC has produced over $750,000,000 in new business startups and deal flow and sixteen (16) conferences across the United States. “I’m overjoyed to have been the first Black Conference to be selected for this prestigious annual recognition from the premier business magazine in the world. We have always felt this way, but now the world knows it,” said Fraser.

PNC, the creation of international speaker, author and networking guru, Dr. George C. Fraser, Chairman, FraserNet, Inc., a 31-year old highly respected company focused on mission-driven entrepreneurship, the PNC has been held in progressive cities such as Cleveland, Atlanta and Dallas. In 2016, the conference was moved to the National Harbor, located between Washington, D.C. and Maryland.

Key sponsors this year include: Wells Fargo, First Financial Security, Greenlight Consulting Corp. Key components of PNC include keynote presentations, over 60 workshops/lectures featuring 50 global experts, two awards luncheons, a National Town Hall meeting and networking events designed to uplift African-American entrepreneurs and to encourage successful African Americans to lift others as a means of positively changing the world and changing their communities. “We must learn, earn and return,” proclaims Dr. Fraser.

The 2018 Global Expert line-up includes but not limited to:
* Reverend Dr. Freddie Haynes, Pastor, Friendship West Baptist Church, TX
* Dr. Randal Pinkett, CEO, BCT Partners, Inc. NJ
* Dr. William Pickard, CEO, Global Automotive Group, MI
* Dr. Michael Roberts, CEO, The Roberts Group, MO
* Linda Clemons, CEO, Sisterpreneur, IN
* Anthony Browder, Director, ASA Restoration Project, DC
* Dr. Linus Okorie, CEO, GOTNI, Lagos, Nigeria
* James Coleman, CEO, Prince George’s County Economic Development Corp.
* Dr. Jackie Mayfield, CEO, ComproTax, Inc, TX
* Earl Erasmus, CEO, The Dream Center, Cape Town, South Africa
* Farida Akidiri, Consultante En Stratégie d’Affaire, Paris, France
* Bishop Dr. James Dixon, Pastor, Community of Faith, TX
* Allyson Byrd, CEO, The Profit Accelerator, TX
* Delano Johnson, CEO, Jonsehn, Inc., NY
* Dr. Ron Daniels, President, Institute of the Black World, NY
* Cerita Battles, Senior Vice President, Wells Fargo, FL
* Emmett Vaughn, Director, Diverse Business Dev., Exelon Corp., PA
* Imaj, Award Winning Country & Western singer and Activist, TX
* Dr. Emma Fraser Pendleton, CEO. Emma, Life Coach, GameChanger
* Dr. Ken Harris, President/CEO, National Business League, MI
* Dr. George C. Fraser. Founder/CEO, FraserNet, Inc. OH

As is done annually, several individuals and corporations of national prominence will be receiving awards at the PowerNetworking Conference Awards Luncheons. They are:

Lifetime Achievement Awardee:
* Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole, Director, Smithsonian National Museum of African Art

Black, Cool and Brilliant Awardees:
* Orrin Hudson, CEO, BeSomeone, GA
* Shawn Dove, CEO, Campaign For Black Male Achievement, NY
* Delano A. Johnson, CEO, Johnson Enterprises, Inc., NY
* Lance London, CEO, Carolina Kitchens, and NeVitica, Inc., MD

Entrepreneurs of the Year Awardees:
* Vanessa Braxton, CEO, Black Mama Brands, NY
* Dr. Terrence Cash, CEO Greenlight Consulting, NJ

Corporation of the Year Awardee:
* First Financial Security, Phil and Debbie Gerlicher, Atlanta, Georgia

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George Fraser, President & CEO of FraserNET, Inc


About Dr. George C. Fraser
Dr. George C. Fraser is Chairman and CEO of FraserNet, Inc., a company he founded some 31 years ago, to lead a global networking movement for people of African descent. Born in Brooklyn, NY, he was an orphan and foster child for 15 years. He’s written 6 best-selling books to include: Success Runs in Our Race, Click and recently, Mission Unstoppable: Extraordinary Stories of Failure’s Blessings, a book he co-authored with Les Brown. Upscale Magazine named him one of the “Top 50 Power Brokers in Black America,” and Black Enterprise magazine called him “Black America’s #1 Networker”.

In addition, Fraser has been featured on 7 national magazine covers, and has received 350 awards and citations to include: Induction into the Minority Business Hall of Fame and Museum, 3 Honorary Doctorate Degrees, a Chaplaincy and Ambassadorship. Dr. Fraser is most proud of the 2 African-centered charter schools that he helped found 14 years ago, which educate 300 inner-city Black children, of which 60% are boys. He’s been married 45 years, resides in Cleveland, and has 2 sons and 2 granddaughters.


About FraserNet
FraserNet is a global leadership network committed to economic development through education, training, and empowerment for Black people. Its focus is to train, educate, and equip Black people with new skills, new thinking and new approaches for personal, professional and financial success in the 21st Century. They have a continuing-relationship business model including, books, CDs, conferences, lectures, memberships, subscriptions, workshops and long-term coaching and mentoring agreements with their 91,000 global network members.

For more details about FraserNET, visit www.frasernet.com

For more details and/or to register for the PowerNetworking Conference, visit www.powernetworkingconference.com

State Rep. Welch Bill Allows Universities to Establish Bridge Program for Underrepresented Students

Posted by Admin On May - 2 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

HILLSIDE, IL – Illinois State Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch, D-Hillside, is seeking to expand university opportunities to historically underrepresented students through a new bridge program that Illinois colleges will be empowered to employ thanks to legislation he is sponsoring.

“For too long, students who traditionally lack equal opportunities to attend our state’s world-class universities miss out on the chance to enroll or attend those institutions,” said Welch. “I want to make sure that those students do not feel left out and that they know their university has resources available to them.”

Welch’s House Bill 5696 gives Illinois universities the ability to create bridge programs that could provide a range of services, including tutoring and counseling services, to underrepresented students. Universities will have discretion on how to organize and execute their own bridge programs to best fit the needs of their students. Welch’s measure passed the Illinois House of Representatives last week with unanimous bipartisan support.

“Everyone deserves a chance at a fair and equal shot to make the best of themselves,” said Welch. “This is a good first step to providing additional tools and resources to students who may need a little extra assistance to reach their full potential.”

Madigan, House Democrats Call for Fair Tax that Eases the Burden on the Middle Class

Posted by Admin On April - 27 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois House Speaker Michael J. Madigan, House Democrats and advocates for the middle class are calling out Gov. Bruce Rauner and Republicans for refusing to consider fair tax reform that would provide relief for the middle class while making the ultra-wealthy pay their fair share.

Madigan and Democratic lawmakers from across the state introduced House Resolution 1025 Wednesday, challenging Republican lawmakers to stop protecting millionaires, billionaires, and big corporations and instead work with Democrats to enact a fair system that cuts taxes on middle-class and low-income taxpayers. Rauner and legislative Republicans are defending a status quo that allows Rauner to pay at least $5 million less than he would in a state like Iowa.

“Governor Rauner is willfully misleading taxpayers because he doesn’t want anyone to see that he’s blocking tax relief for the middle class, all in an effort to protect a special deal for millionaires and billionaires like himself,” Madigan said. “Today, we set the record straight: A fair tax for Illinois is about putting more money in the pockets of middle-class families. If our Republican colleagues are serious about cutting taxes, creating jobs, and strengthening our economy, they will join us in creating a fair tax system that rewards families who work hard and play by the rules, instead of one that benefits Bruce Rauner, Donald Trump and their billionaire friends.”

Madigan’s resolution cites findings from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy that Illinois’ constitutionally mandated “flat tax” is one of the most regressive tax structures in the country, forcing low- and middle-income residents to pay a larger share of their incomes in taxes than the very wealthy. A taxpayer earning less than $19,000 pays 13.2 percent of their income in state taxes, while those with an income of $498,000 pay only 4.6 percent of their income in taxes.

House Democrats are calling for a progressive tax like those currently in place in 33 other states—including Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri and Indiana—which would put more money in working families’ pockets, allowing them to reinvest in local economies and stimulate business growth and economic development.

“There’s no excuse for the current tax system that forces struggling families to pay more than the very wealthy,” said Roberta Lynch, executive director of AFSCME Council 31. “Illinois working families need fair tax reform. By standing in the way, Governor Rauner and the politicians who follow him are protecting a status quo full of loopholes for those who are already at the top.”

“Last year Democrats and Republicans stood together because they knew we cannot continue to follow Bruce Rauner’s agenda of slashing critical services for our communities so his billionaire and millionaire buddies can get a tax cut,” said Greg Kelley, president of SEIU Healthcare Illinois. “Their votes to end the Rauner budget crisis were votes to put middle-class families ahead of the ultra-wealthy. Now we need a tax system that reflects this same value. I applaud House Democrats’ stand for a fairer system, and we look forward to working with them to get a progressive income tax passed in the future.”

“Throughout our state, parents who want their children to receive a world-class education and homeowners who want relief from rising property taxes can agree on one thing: the system is unfair and needs to change,” said Dan Montgomery, president of the Illinois Federation of Teachers and a high school English teacher. “This is the change we need, and this is the opportunity for all who claim they’re on the side of taxpayers and educators to prove it.”

“As Donald Trump stacks the deck even more in favor of the ultra-wealthy, Governor Rauner and his allies can no longer pretend to stand with the middle class while also protecting a tax system that so clearly reinforces inequality,” said Clem Balanoff, chair of Our Revolution Illinois. “If they are ready to build an Illinois that works for everyone instead of just the top 1 percent, they will stand with us to enact a fair tax system that reflects that.”

Mayoral Ally Moves to Privatize Substitute Teachers

Posted by Admin On April - 27 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

 

Senate President Cullerton fast-tracks privatization bill, stalls legislation to restore CTU right to bargain on issues that include class size and school cleanliness.

 

CHICAGO, IL – The Illinois Senate, under the leadership of Chicago mayoral ally John Cullerton, has fast-tracked a bill privatizing substitute teacher staffing, SB 2838. An identical bill, HB 4742, passed out of a House education committee on Wednesday. The CTU and the IFT have opposed the initiative for the last two sessions.

“This legislation is tone deaf given CPS’ disastrous track record with privatization,” said CTU Vice President Jesse Sharkey. “It will allow CPS to contract out classroom-critical services, likely for less pay – just as has been the experience of privatized charter teachers and janitors in CPS – to the detriment of our students. And it will cost. In Indianapolis, the contracting agency slapped a 36% fee on the cost of substitute positions. The bill also fails to address the root causes of a shortage of substitute and full-time teachers – their need for a living wage and decent working conditions.”

At a recent IFT K-12 constituency council, a teacher with Chicago’s CPS-funded Acero/UNO charter network, which uses a staffing agency to assign substitute teachers, reported that the agency was ineffective and the school still suffers from a shortage of subs.

Teachers charge that the bill is also a demoralizing slap in the face to Black female educators in Chicago, who are laid off at a greater proportion by CPS than other educators – with many subsequently relying on their ability to earn at least a marginal wage as substitute teachers. Today, roughly half of CPS’ substitute teachers are people of color.

The push for third party contracting of school services is a plank in the Rauner Turnaround Agenda. While the Cullerton-controlled senate has moved swiftly to pass this bill to accelerate and expand third party contracting, the Senate has stalled a different bill to repeal Section 4.5 of the Illinois Education Labor Relations Act. That bill, HB 4776, restores bargaining rights to all units in CPS – and returns to the CTU the right to bargain on critical issues like class size and school cleanliness, just as every other district in the state must bargain.

“Third party contracting has been a failure in CPS,” said Sharkey. “Outside contractors have left our schools filthy, our facilities in dire need of repair, and concocted schemes to deny students vital services like special education. Our students are no better served by turning the vital professional service that substitute teachers provide over to an agency like Manpower or Kelly Services, when what we really need are adequately resourced classrooms and decent working conditions for educators.”

The CTU and the IFT are vigorously opposing HB 4742 in the House.

Parents, Teachers to Slam Failures of Mayor’s Appointed Board

Posted by Admin On April - 26 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Filthy schools, shuttered schools’ sale to private school operators, special education scandal among issues advocates say underscore need for accountable, elected, representative school board.

 

CHICAGO, IL Parents, teachers, students and advocates have raised the alarm about a host of issues in Chicago’s public schools, from filthy schools and overcrowded classrooms to blistering state findings on deficiencies in CPS’ special education program and a high school enrollment process that critics say underscores CPS’ failed ‘choice’ model. Every one of CPS’ failings, say critics, can be walked back to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s control of CPS – from who serves as CEO to who sits on the board.

Critics will raise their concerns – and their demand for an elected, representative school board that will at last end Emanuel’s control over education policy and operations – at a press conference before CPS’ scheduled monthly board meeting, beginning at 9:30 AM on Wednesday, April 25 in front of CPS headquarters at 42 W. Madison St.

Critics point to a range of troubling issues stemming from Emanuel’s control over CPS. Emanuel’s school board has denied CPS’ overwhelmingly low-income Black and Brown youth the benefits of the state’s new equity-based funding formula, instead using ‘student-based budgeting’, or SBB – a flat per capita funding scheme that undermines the law’s intent to channel funds to schools and students most in need. The public learned earlier this month that CPS will funnel an additional $259 million to one of the companies that has left schools filthy. The Illinois State Board of Education recently found that changes implemented by Emanuel’s hand-picked schools CEO, who was forced out late last year in the wake of an ethics scandal, worsened an already understaffed and under-resourced special education program. Emanuel’s new GoCPS high school registration program locked out more than 75% of incoming freshmen from their top three school selections, when instead, say advocates, CPS should be strengthening neighborhood high schools as part of a commitment to ensure that every neighborhood has sustainable community schools.

Emanuel’s hand-picked board moved to close a highly rated elementary school serving an overwhelmingly low-income, Black student population earlier this year over vigorous public opposition and wrenching appeals from students. CPS also moved to close all of Englewood’s public high schools, which have suffered years of acute disinvestment and subsequent enrollment decline. Emanuel’s school executives continue to push school privatization, despite a growing body of evidence that charters serve students no better than public schools, while undercutting enrollment and funding for public schools. And the public learned this week that CPS has sold four neighborhood public schools shuttered in Emanuel’s 2013 mass school closings to private operators who are exploiting the state’s new voucher scheme to siphon off public dollars for private operators’ tuition costs.

“The mayor owns this legacy of failed policy – and failed leadership,” says CTU Vice President Jesse Sharkey, who will speak at Wednesday’s press conference. “Under Emanuel’s control, there is no public accountability, no transparency and, frankly, no decency displayed by this rubber stamp board – only the mindless accommodation of the mayor’s wishes and the disaster that has created for our students. It’s time for that to end.”

Illinois Recognized as Top Tech Employer and for Achievement of Technology Enhancements

Posted by Admin On April - 26 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

SPRINGFIELD, IL – It’s Information Technology Month and the Illinois Department of Innovation & Technology (DoIT) is highlighting the state’s digital transformation and the positive impact on state operations.

The agency, established by Governor Rauner in 2016 through Executive Order, is charged with building an enterprise IT organization for the State of Illinois to improve government efficiencies through innovation, enable state agencies to more effectively serve Illinois citizens and improve the overall cybersecurity of the state.

“Our teams have made it a priority to modernize technology, so we can work smarter and protect the personal information of our hardworking citizens,“ said Governor Bruce Rauner. “Over the past couple of years, staff at DoIT has been focused on upgrading old, antiquated systems that had been neglected for decades and bringing our state into the 21st Century.”

Illinois ranks 5th in the nation when it comes to tech employment, adding more than 437,000 people to the state’s workforce and about $45 billion dollars to the state’s overall economy, according to the 2018 Cyberstates study, published by CompTIA.

DoIT teams are building a strong defense for the state, with a focus on enhancing cybersecurity and protecting sensitive information for all employees and citizens of Illinois. More than 46,000 state employees have received cyber awareness training and nearly six billion records have already been secured, as part of the State of Illinois Cybersecurity Strategy, which was released in 2017.

Through the multi-agency blockchain Initiative, DoIT worked with DCEO, DPFR and others to explore distributed ledger technology and evaluate how to capitalize on opportunities for the state. Several practical uses are being explored including health provider registries and continuing education tracking. As a result, the state received the Illinois Capital Innovation Award for Government Solutions for its advancements with blockchain in the public sector.

DoIT is also helping local jurisdictions build up their digital systems and save money through its Smart State initiatives. Earlier this year, DoIT introduced a Smart Street Lighting Program that will allow municipalities to utilize the state’s master contract to find qualified and competitive street lighting vendors to save money and offer more functionality for their communities.

“We’ve made impressive strides with advancing technology in Illinois,” said DoIT’s Acting Secretary, Kirk Lonbom. “Emerging technologies such as blockchain, artificial intelligence, and data analytics hold great promise as Illinois strives to become the first ‘Smart State’ in the nation.”

And, thanks to DoIT technicians and engineers, Illinois residents and businesses have more access to state websites and services on their mobile devices, going from mobility of only 3 percent in 2016 to over 50 percent currently.

DoIT continues on an accelerated digital transformation and modernization strategy to improve technology in Illinois. DoIT announces IT milestones that have been accomplished in Illinois, as well as what lies ahead for the state through news found on DoIT’s website.

State Rep. Mayfield Backing Legislation to Combat Illinois’ Shortage of Teachers

Posted by Admin On April - 26 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

SPRINGFIELD, IL –As a shortage of teachers continues to plague communities in all areas of Illinois, Illinois State Rep. Rita Mayfield, D-Waukegan, is supporting multiple legislative efforts to attract and keep educators in the state.

“Education in this state and the betterment of our children are amongst my top priorities in the legislature,” said Mayfield. “The steps we are taking in passing these important measures will reduce barriers to entry for young professionals who want to be leaders in our community.”

Mayfield voted to pass House Bill 5175, a landmark measure that ensures that teachers are paid a livable wage and aims to retain talented teachers within the state. She also has helped to move House Bills 4167, 5196 and 5627, measures that work to alleviate the pressure that teachers face by addressing Illinois’ shortage of teachers and breaking down burdensome barriers to entry. Under these proposals, teaching related fees are reduced, retired teachers are provided more flexibility to substitute teach and more experienced teachers in training would be eligible to apply for a substitute teaching license sooner. Additionally, teachers who receive their training outside of Illinois would be more easily able to transfer their qualifications to Illinois when looking for a job.

“When these proposals become reality, a lot of red tape and unnecessary hurdles will be reduced and we should see an influx of teachers to schools in our state,” said Mayfield. “Our state’s future depends on the ability to teach and retain the youth as a skilled workforce, and that isn’t possible without the hard work and dedication of good teachers.”

House Bills 4167, 5175, 5196 and 5627 passed the House Elementary and Secondary Education: Licensing, Administration and Oversight Committee and are awaiting action on the House floor.

Mayfield represents the 60th District, which includes the cities of Waukegan, North Chicago and neighboring communities.  For more information, please contact her district office at 847-599-2800 or 60thdistrict@gmail.com.

State Education Board Backs up Charges that Emanuel’s Hand-Picked School Bosses Shortchanged Special Education

Posted by Admin On April - 23 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

 

Bombshell findings back up charges by teachers, parents, grassroots activists that mayor’s school execs wrongly denied services to schoolchildren, undermined parents and educators seeking help for students.

 

CHICAGO, IL – Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s hand-picked school executives denied special education services to thousands of students, according the Illinois State Board of Education, which announced its findings at a public hearing today based on months of testimony and evidence-gathering from teachers, parents, clinicians and advocates.

“ISBE’s bombshell findings affirm what our rank and file members have been documenting about this disaster for two years,” said CTU Vice President Jesse Sharkey. “Thanks to the excellent investigative work of local reporters, we know that the motivation behind CPS’ changes to special education policy was based on one overarching goal: to cut costs, no matter how catastrophic the consequences for our students. The evidence is damning and overwhelming – and clearly demonstrates once again that this mayor and his minions are unfit to serve as the bosses of this school system.”

Disgraced former CPS CEO Forrest Claypool paid politically connected contractors $14 million – roughly half of the $29 million in cuts that he made to special education during the same period – to do work that included rewriting policies and retooling the process by which parents and educators seek SPED services for students in need. Claypool’s SPED cuts dovetailed with hundreds of millions of dollars in budget cuts in the last six years that have driven staff shortfalls — including of social workers, teaching assistants, clinicians and school nurses who play central roles in the provision of special education services.

Emanuel tapped Claypool, one of his closest political allies, to run CPS after the previous CEO was forced out in the wake of a multi-million dollar contract kickback scheme – and Claypool defended his new SPED policies virtually until the day he, too, was forced out for ethics failings.

Claypool’s scheme resulted in the deployment of draconian and byzantine new procedures that delayed and denied services for thousands of public schoolchildren in need, according to ISBE findings and testimony and evidence from teachers, clinicians, parents and advocates.

“These findings are a victory for special education students,” said Sharkey, who argues that the data ISBE gathered represents the tip of the iceberg. “Some educators and parents couldn’t make the hearings, and others were, frankly, intimidated about testifying out of fear of retaliation on the job or against their children. ISBE’s recommendations move us in the right direction, but we will have to continue our fight to win all of the improvements that CPS students deserve.”

Teachers, school nurses, clinicians and parents joined allies that include Access Living, Equip for Equality, the Ounce of Prevention Fund, Parents 4 Teachers, Raise Your Hand and the Shriver Center on Poverty Law, as well as disability rights attorney Matt Cohen, to expose failings in Emanuel’s SPED policies. Now advocates will need to keep the pressure on CPS to ensure that students get the services – and the justice – they deserve. The CTU charges that next steps must include removing Emanuel’s control over CPS’ top executives and rubber stamp board, which the mayor also appoints.

“We need accountability, transparency and responsible oversight of our public schools – and that only comes with democratic control of the school board,” said Sharkey. “It’s high time we ended the mayor’s disastrous control of our schools and his willful criminal indifference to the well-being of our students, by giving Chicagoans what our residents have demanded for years: an elected, representative school board.”

Expanded Investigation Into Multi-State E. coli Infections Linked to Romaine Lettuce

Posted by Admin On April - 23 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration, and other state and local health departments, is expanding its investigation of a multi-state cluster of E. coli infections to include not only chopped romaine lettuce, but full heads and hearts of romaine lettuce.

Information collected to date indicates that romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region could be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 and could make people sick.  At this time, no common grower, supplier, distributor, or brand has been identified.  However, the investigation now not only encompasses chopped romaine lettuce, but all romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona region.

One case linked to the outbreak has been identified in Illinois.  To date, 53 other cases have been reported in 16 states with 31 hospitalizations and no deaths.  The central Illinois resident reported consuming chopped romaine lettuce before illness onset.

Consumers in Illinois who have store-bought romaine lettuce at home, including salads and salad mixes containing chopped romaine lettuce, should not eat it and should throw it away, even if some of it was eaten and no one has gotten sick.

If you do not know if the lettuce is romaine, do not eat it and throw it away.  Before purchasing romaine lettuce at a grocery store or eating it at a restaurant, consumers should confirm with the store or restaurant that it is not romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region.  If you cannot confirm the source of the romaine lettuce, do not buy it or eat it.

Restaurants and retailers should not serve or sell any romaine lettuce, including salads and salad mixes containing chopped romaine lettuce, from the Yuma, Arizona growing region.
Restaurants and retailers should ask their suppliers about the source of their chopped romaine lettuce.

People usually get sick from Shiga toxin-producing E. coli 2 to 8 days after swallowing the germ.  Most people infected with E. coli develop diarrhea (often bloody), severe stomach cramps, and vomiting.  Most people recover within one week although some illnesses can be more severe, resulting in a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS).

Talk to your health care provider if you have symptoms of an E. coli infection and report your illness to your local health department.  You can also write down what you ate in the week before you started to get sick and talk to public health investigators if they have questions about your illness.

Democratic Party to Hold Organizational Meeting

Posted by Admin On April - 23 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Democratic Party of Illinois Chairman Michael J. Madigan announced that the party would be holding an organizational meeting for the State Central Committee on Monday, April 23 in Springfield.

“Voters in the March primary elected new members of the State Central Committee, and now it is our job to choose party officials and begin planning to elect Democrats up and down the ballot in November,” Chairman Madigan said.

The meeting will take place on Monday, April 23 at 1 p.m. in the Gallery Room on the first floor of the State House Inn, located at 101 East Adams Street in Springfield. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

The Democratic State Central Committee is composed of 36 members, one man and one woman elected from each congressional district. Each member will have a weighted vote that is equal to the number of Democratic ballots cast in their congressional district in the March 20, 2018 primary election.

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